How Corporate and Securities Laws Affect Social Responsibility and Corporate Purpose

For nearly 90 years, scholars have debated whether the sole purpose of the business corporation is to maximize profits.  This debate has been reframed over the past 50 years and now seems to have settled on a middle ground: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and profitability can coexist as corporate goals.  The question, though, is what is the appropriate balance between the two?

In a new article, available here, I explore the role of state corporate law and federal securities law in answering that question. So far, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the courts have made only limited progress … Read more